By Lynn R. Mitchell
Augusta Springs Wetlands was the location of a long-gone hotel in the late 1800s. Millionaire E. G. Pendleton bought this land in 1900 and converted the Augusta Springs Resort into his home. A cement slab is all that remains of a once active mineral water bottling plant. It is now an area to stop and enjoy what nature has to offer in the George Washington National Forest of western Augusta County. The two-thirds mile easy loop trail is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers and leads you through meadows, forests, and wetlands. You can look at a beaver’s handiwork, smell pine needles baking in the sun, listen to a songbird, and dip your hand in a cool mountain spring. For generations, the Springs have drawn people to these wonderful wetlands. There are historic reminders along the trail (see Augusta Springs Wetlands … the tour
It looks quite different from a summer afternoon or October day (see Augusta Springs Wetlands … October 2013).
Picnic tables are available under the shade of the 100-year-old maple trees. The grass is maintained — mowed and trimmed — with a grassy area for kids to romp. Open year-round, trail brochures are located at the beginning of the boardwalk. But on Friday when we stopped by, it was snow-covered and looked like a winter wonderland.
See also Autumn at Augusta Springs Wetlands.
Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
March 6, 2015